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Police appeal after gun point robbery at Leeds bus stop

Police are appealing for information after a woman was robbed at gunpoint as she stood at a bus stop in Leeds.

Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The 23-year-old was waiting at a bus stop opposite St James's Hospital, in Beckett Street on the evening of November 9th, when she was approached by a man with what appeared to be handgun.

He demanded her handbag but was disturbed when another woman arrived at the bus stop. He pointed the gun at her and ran off in the direction of Stoney Rock Lane.

He was described as white, aged 17 to 18, about 5ft 6ins tall and skinny. He was wearing a green striped woolly hat, baggy light blue jeans and a white or light-coloured bomber jacket with a darker pattern or motif across the chest.

The victim was understandably shaken by what happened and we are keen to identify this male. We would like to hear from anyone who recognises him from the description given.

While the CCTV image is at a distance it does show the distinctive bomber jacket he was wearing. There was an elderly Asian man waiting at the bus stop at the time the incident occurred and we are keen to trace him as a witness."

– Detective Constable Darren Young, of Leeds District CID


'Far too much uncertainty' over rail electrification say MPs

Plans to speed up rail routes in our region were put back on the agenda earlier this autumn Credit: Press Association

MPs say there is "far too much uncertainty" over costs and delivery dates for speeding up rail routes in our region.

Plans to electrify the Midland Mainline between Sheffield and Bedford were put back on the agenda earlier this Autumn after being paused in the Summer.

The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee have said that electrification plans cannot be delivered within budget.

"There was massive over-optimism, bad cost-control and the regulator was not doing its job properly - they allowed certain programmes to be agreed at certain costs. Those costs have escalated and that's a real devastating impact for those people in that area and that region, businesses who were relying on that improvement to boost their opportunities

– Meg Hillier, House of Commons Public Accounts Committee

The government insists it is committed to seeing their rail improvement programme through.

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